A popular children’s doll has been found to collect and transmit personal information from unsuspecting children to a U.S. defense contractor.
According to a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday, the My Friend Cayla doll and I-Que Intelligent Robot toy, made by Genesis Toys Inc., secretly record everything children say and send the information to a defense contractor named Nuance Communications.
The problem with these toys, the complaint alleges, is that their terms of service allow them to record everything they hear and then send that information back to Nuance Communications, a voice recognition software company that supplies the underlying technology behind the toys, but that also does work as a defense contractor.
This is odd since the toys covered by this policy are being targeted toward young children who will have no understanding about what they should or should not tell their toys while using them.
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